Daily Zohar # 4145 – Vayechi – Branches of life
Daily Zohar 4145
153. נִרְדַּם רַבִּי יִצְחָק וְרָאָה אֶת אָבִיו. אָמַר לוֹ, בְּנִי, אַשְׁרֵי חֶלְקְךָ בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה וּבָעוֹלָם הַבָּא, שֶׁהֲרֵי בֵּין הֶעָלִים שֶׁל עֵץ הַחַיִּים שֶׁבְּגַן עֵדֶן נָתוּן [אַתָּה יוֹשֵׁב] עֵץ גָּדוֹל וְחָזָק בִּשְׁנֵי עוֹלָמוֹת, וְהוּא רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן בַּר יוֹחַאי, שֶׁהֲרֵי הוּא אוֹחֵז אוֹתְךָ בַּעֲנָפָיו. אַשְׁרֵי חֶלְקְךָ בְּנִי.
Continued from previous DZ
Meanwhile, Rabbi Elazar saw that the angel of death had gone away. He said there is no existence of judgment in Rabbi Shimon’s place.
Rabbi Shimon said to Rabbi Elazar, his son, come here, and take hold of Rabbi Yitzchak, for I see that he is afraid. Rabbi Elazar entered and held him, and Rabbi Shimon turned away and engaged in the study of the Torah.
The angel of death had no say in the matter, his ‘assignment’ was canceled, and he had to leave.
This paragraph teaches us that “there is no judgment in the place of Rabbi Shimon.” When we study the Zohar, we come to Rabbi Shimon’s place.
Since we live in a world of Malchut, which is separated from the spiritual world and considered darkness, we cannot see or be aware of the miracles that happen to us when we study the Zohar. Without the Zohar, our lives could be many times more challenging.
Rabbi Yitzchak fell asleep and saw his father in a dream. His father said to him: My son, blessed is your lot in this world and in the world to come because you sit among the leaves of the Tree of Life from the Garden of Eden. Rabbi Shimon is a great and strong tree in both worlds, and he holds you in his branches. Blessed is your lot, my son.
The dreams that Rabbi Yitzchak experienced before (#146 above) were restored to him after he received back his Tzelem. His father revealed to him that Rabbi Shimon connects both worlds with his Torah studies.
In the world ruled by the Tree of Knowledge, good and bad, the Good side is the life that connects to the Tree of Life that Rabbi Shimon made for us in the Zohar.
As students of the Zohar, we dwell in the branches of Rabbi Shimon’s tree.
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